Guide to the Autograph Books Collection, 1827-1904

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Research Library at the Nantucket Historical Association. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the internet.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Autograph Books Collection
Nantucket Historical Association
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the Autograph Books Collection, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Willie H. Barrett autograph book gift of Adele Patch; Lizzie F. Bearse autograph book and Corinna C. Bearse autograph book (Acc. 75-34); Emma Coleman autograph book (Acc. 2634); Jessica Malvina Coffin Dalton autograph book (Acc. 62-41); Ellen Fitzgerald autograph book (Acc. 12-51); Ada Robinson autograph book (Acc. 51-35); Marianna Smith autograph book gift of Miss Gertrude W. Holdgate (Acc. 72-62b); William Symonds autograph book (Acc. 62-37); Catherine S. Wyer autograph book (L83.93.9); Sarah C. Wyer autograph book (Acc. 1148); Susan [Unknown] autograph book (Acc. 52-12); Unidentified autograph book (Acc. 69-29); Jane Barney and Susan C. Folger autograph books a gift Mark Neveu (Acc. RL2013.73).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Nantucket Historical Association assumes no responsibility.

Subject Headings

  • Personal Name
    • Barney, Jane.
    • Barrett, Willie H.
    • Bearse, Corinna C.
    • Bearse, Elizabeth F.
    • Beebe, Alice.
    • Bowen, Clara L.
    • Coleman, Emma.
    • Dalton, Jessie Malvina Coffin.
    • Derrick, Judith J.
    • Emery, Jennie Chadwick.
    • Fitzgerald, Ellen.
    • Folger, Susan C.
    • Hussey, Phebe.
    • Macy, Ann E.
    • Robinson, Ada.
    • Savage, Grace.
    • Smith, Marianna.
    • Symonds, William.
    • Wyer, Catherine S.
    • Wyer, Sarah C.
  • Topical Term
    • Autograph albums.

Biographical Information

This is an artificial collection of autograph books assembled by the Nantucket Historical Association.

Materials in the collection originate both from donors and from the Nantucket Historical Association’s archives.

Elizabeth F. Bearse (1854-1883) and Corinna C. Bearse (1850- ) were born to Henry W. Bearse and Lydia G. Barrett. Elizabeth married Ellery B. Folger, son of William C. and Elisa B. Folger. She died in Philadelphia, Pa.

Alice Beebe (1874- ) was born in Nantucket, Mass., to Captain John Allen Beebe and Lydia A. Jones. She was educated in Nantucket schools, graduating from the Coffin School and later studying English literature, German, and music at Wellesley College. She entered the Convent of St. Anne, an Episcopal Order in Arlington Heights, Mass.

Clara Bowen was born to Everett H. Bowen and Annie S. Brock (1867- ).

Judith J. Derrick (1836- ) was born to Thomas Derrick and Anna G. Chase. She married George G. Fish, son of Phineas Fish and Phebe Gardner, in 1866. The couple had two children. Judith J. Derrick was an assistant teacher at the South Grammar School.

Ellen Fitzgerald (1843- ) was born to William Fitzgerald Jr. and Charlotte Brown. She married Charles H. Baker, son of Arvin and Jerushai Baker, in 1866. The couple had two children.

Ann Elisa Macy (1818-1882) was born to Josiah Macy and Lydia Hussey. She married Isaac Macy, son of Thomas Macy and Elisa Swain, in 1939. The couple had three children.

Grace Savage married Charles Albert Seldon (1870- ), son of Charles Seldon and Lydia C. Hodges, in 1895. The couple had two children.

Scope and Content

Collection includes books of greetings to friends. Books contain names from Nantucket, Mass., and some original poetry.


Box 3 Folder 21 Jane Barney autograph book, 1829

Box 3 Folder 22 Jane Barney autograph book, 1836

Box 3 Folder 17 Willie H. Barrett autograph book, 1878-1881

Box 1 Folder 1 Corinna C. Bearse autograph book, 1871-1879

Box 1 Folder 2 Elizabeth F. Bearse autograph book, 1873-1878

Box 3 Folder 18 Alice Beebe autograph book, 1880-1886

SV-33/1 Clara L. Bowen autograph book, 1903-1904

Box 1 Folder 3 Emma Coleman autograph book, 1861-1862

Box 3 Folder 19 Jessie Malvina Coffin Dalton autograph book, 1881

Box 1 Folder 4 Judith J. Derrick autograph book, 1853-1854

Box 1 Folder 5 Judith J. Derrick autograph book, 1856-1862

Box 1 Folder 6 Jennie Chadwick Emery autograph book, 1882-1885

Box 1 Folder 7 Ellen Fitzgerald autograph book, 1859-1865

Box 3 Folder 23 Susan C. Folger autograph book, 1874

Box 3 Folder 20 Phebe Hussey autograph book, undated

Box 2 Folder 8 Ann E. Macy autograph book, 1830-1835

Box 2 Folder 9 Ada Robinson autograph book, 1872-1873

Box 2 Folder 10 Grace Savage autograph book, 1881-1884

Box 2 Folder 11 Marianna Smith autograph book, 1878-1924

Box 2 Folder 12 William Symonds autograph book, undated

Box 2 Folder 13 Catherine S. Wyer autograph book, 1834-1839

Box 2 Folder 14 Sarah C. Wyer autograph book, 1827-1828

Box 2 Folder 15 Susan [Unknown] autograph book, 1832-1834

Box 2 Folder 16 Unidentified autograph book, 1894-1895

Items Separated

  • Separated Volume (SV-33/1)

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Finding aid by Sarah Lerner and Amelia Holmes, October 2018.

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